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The lost thing (2000)

by Shaun Tan

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This is a great short book that is brilliantly illustrated with a wonderful story told by the imaginative Shaun Tan. The story touches on themes such as finding one's self and helping others. A potentially life changing book for the reluctant young reader. While amazingly fantastical, the book still manages to tell a story that is very real. ( )
  pbailey1980 | May 8, 2013 |
I really dig Tan's illustrations. His prose in this fell just a bit flat for me, but it hardly matters as there is just so much to look at. Odd and quirky beings peer out of every corner. This would be delightful to read with a young, sharp-eyed person on one's lap. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Wow. ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
The lost Thing is a book of unusual characters and strain situations where a weird object is lost and he focus his eyes in a boy who is busy in a project called “battle top collection” when he find the weird creature start playing with him and ask many people about him but nobody give him any information. He took the creature at home and tries to find the place where there belong. The art projected in the book really catch your attention when you see all kind of creature formed of different objects that make flies your imagination. The boy finally found the way to go home, when they get over there, he realizes that he found the place because there are a lot of weird thing playing and having fun. The weird thing enters to the place and smile like telling these is the place where I belong.
  nellysanchez | May 20, 2012 |
I read this book in 2011, and although I wasn't mad about the story line, I loved the illustrations. In fact I loved them so much I bought the dvd. The dvd stays true to the original story, Tan was involved in the making of the movie, which won an Oscar! Do yourself a treat and check this one out. ( )
  C.Ryan | Mar 29, 2012 |
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A boy discovers a bizarre-looking creature while out collecting bottle-tops at a beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else, who barely notices its presence. Each is unhelpful in their own way; strangers, friends, parents are all unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to day-to-day life. In spite of his better judgement, the boy feels sorry for this hapless creature, and attempts to find out where it belongs.

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Summary: A kid finds a lost 'thing' on the beach where he's scavenging for his bottle top collection. The thing is a large, freakish creature but no one except the kid really notices it, it's simply not part of their familiar day-to-day reality.

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